Just when you think you’ve seen everything AI-powered that current technology allows, something like the Axibo drops on Kickstarter. This “really, really” smart robotic camera mount can pan, tilt, and, slide your camera as its state-of-the-art AI system tracks just about anything. If automating photo and video shoots are of interest to you, this mount could be just the tool you need. With its patented motor drive technology, Axibo can move on three axes to tilt up and down, pan left and right, and slide left and right up to one meter. Despite the high torque, users don’t have to be concerned about motor sounds in recordings as it makes quiet movements. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum and epoxy-infused carbon fiber, this robotic mount is lightweight enough to carry around but also sturdy enough to support up to 20 pounds of camera equipment.
Essentially, the selling point of the Axibo system is automation for both photo and video work. More than just replacing your tripod, it can actually serve as your own photographer or cameraman. It can track the movement of any object using its built-in camera or through the feed from your camera. You can set up the tracking with any lens system through a dedicated universal app.
Axibo offers three main modes photographers and videographers can use to simplify and automate their shoots. In Animal Video Mode, the system is set up in the field, and Axibo will begin recording a video when it detects an animal. It will shoot a new video every time an animal appears. In Solo Model Mode, Axibo will automatically take a picture when the model moves, moving in DSLR field of view to produce a unique perspective with each shot. In Videographer Key Frame Mode, videographers can program how Axibo will move during the shot either by hand or through the dedicated app. With its neural network-based AI system, Axibo can track through light changes and even partially hidden subjects. This tracking can also be paired with other features to automate photo and video shoots.
While these AI-powered tools won’t ever replace how real photographers work, there are several useful applications for Axibo. Interview setups, instructional videos, and vlogs are just some of the suggestions on the Kickstarter page, but it’s also easy to imagine using it to get other angles or footage during shoots.
Curious and want to learn more? The Axibo Kickstarter page is full of all the technical details you’ll need to know to help you decide if this is a tool for you. The campaign is already fully funded, but there are still 43 days to go. Early bird prices for different configurations are also still available. But you have to be quick if you want to get the Axibo Pan, Tilt & Slide Super Early Bird price of about $1,589.
Photos from the Axibo Kickstarter page